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Kanye West owes me $300 : and other true stories from a white rapper who ALMOST made it big

Author: Jensen Karp
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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After the Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend--and then almost became a star When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's Bat Mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey--one that would end with a failed million-dollar  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Jensen Karp; Jensen Karp
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jensen Karp
ISBN: 0553448161 9780553448160
OCLC Number: 951505537
Description: 1 online resource (293 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: Kanye West owes me three hundred dollars
Responsibility: Jensen Karp.

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After the Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend--and then almost became a star When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's Bat Mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey--one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. In KANYE WEST OWES ME $300, Jensen will finally tell the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous Jewish rapper you've never heard of. Along the way, we'll see Jensen's struggles with his ska- and rock-listening southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people"; his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio show Roll Call; his rise in the LA club scene; and the double life he leads the whole time. We'll also meet his supportive mother (who takes him to 21+ clubs and announces him at gigs); his rap partner Rickye (an African-American kid who formed the other half of their group, XTra Large); and the performers he recorded with, including soon-to-be household names Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, Will.i.am; and then we'll enjoy rollicking stories of sex, drugs, and hip hop from his close brush with fame. Finally, we'll learn why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), his downward spiral after, and what Jensen found instead of rap glory. This hilarious memoir will be perfect for the person who reads Rap Genius, impresses friends with "Nuthin' But a G Thang" or "California Love" at karaoke, watches "Epic Rap Battles of History" videos, and perhaps bought Jeff Chang's CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP and RZA's THE TAO OF WU. But this book also has a broader appeal as a quirky, fish-out-of-water memoir about a guy who follows an unlikely passion, despite what everyone else says. It's 8 Mile for the Pitch Perfect crowd.

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